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Old 10-03-2006, 11:09 PM   #1
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Battery Troubles. Default cold cranking amps and [etc] for 2001 ZTS


I just had to do a battery replacement and went to walmart. They didn't have a listing for Ford Focus so the guy gave me a matching model number but the cranking amps and cold cranking amps were different.

I was in a bad situation and needed to get it quick so i bought it. However i'm having some trouble after starting my car.

My question is : is there any website or does anyone know the default cold cranking amps / cranking amps and any other info i need to know to get an exchange?

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Measure the 3 dimensions of the battery with a tape measure. Note the position of the terminals on the battery: the terminals will be close to one side on the top of the battery so use that as a reference point. You don't want to end up with a perfectly sized battery that has the terminals reversed.

Now, before you go checking on a battery by size- check how the current battery is fitting (measure again) under the cover to see if there is room to spare in any dimension. This will help you find more options. Do check each battery maker's line very carefully to find the largest capacity with the greatest reserve- some makers offer small batteries that have CCA ratings as high as larger batteries.

Now go find a battery with the largest CCA and capacity that will physically fit in your car. I personally always try to oversize my batteries as much as physically possible. Extra electrical capacity will only help your car. With good luck you might be able to convince Wally World to take back the other battery in exchange- if not- then I'd get one from an auto parts store instead of a department store. The prices are usually less, WM is not as competitive as they once were.
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FWIW, I've had good luck with Sears Diehard Gold batteries, the one in my Explorer is going on seven years and working fine. And another Diehard Gold in a Tauraus of mine was going strong after five years when I got rid of the car.

Of course, the battery Sears was selling as Diehard seven years ago may be nothing like the one they sell Today.

Consumers Reports often tests batteries, so you could check their evaluation. But I've found that the CR evaluations seem to go all over the place, with the best battery brand often changing, depending upon the physical size being compared. And the best brand often changes from year to year in their evauations, making it hard to get much of a recommendation, unless they have tested the particular size you are buying.

I have also hear good things about Interstate batteries (often sold by parts stores) and, if you want to go high end and spend a bunch of money, the Optima line gets a lot of good reviews. I have heard some negative comments on Energizer batteries.

"I personally always try to oversize my batteries as much as physically possible."

My approach as well. Often the batteries are priced the same, regardless of differences in CCA and AH, in the same product line/level, e.g., I believe most Diehard Gold auto batteries are priced the same regardless of physical size and associated CCA/AH.

And as whynotthinkwhynot says, make sure you get the same battery terminal configuration to avoid installation difficulties.
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